Exhibition

8 Words for Barrow-in-Furness

17 Oct 2020 – 30 Nov 2020

Regular hours

Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

Art Gene

Barrow-in-furness, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • By Bus/Coach: National Express, Rapid services link from London.
  • Use the M6 Motorway, exit junction 36 and follow the A590 through the Furness peninsula to the heart of Barrow. Enter the town centre of Barrow left on Duke Street. Turn left onto Abbey Road at the roundabout, and then turn left onto Bath Street. Art Gene
  • By Rail: First North Western's West Cumbrian Service connects Barrow with the west coast mainline at Lancaster. Direct Trains from Manchester Airport. From Barrow station follow Abbey Road to Bath Street towards the town centre - a five-minute walk.

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20 entries from lockdown competition ‘8 Words for Barrow-in-Furness’ will go on display in an outdoor exhibition at Art Gene this Autumn.

About

In May 2020 Art Gene launched 8 Words for Barrow-in-Furness, a competition inspired by the appearance of 8 blue billboards at Hollywood Park Roundabout in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. During the national lockdown all advertisements ceased and the billboards were papered with an aspirational sky blue colour. With the roundabout empty of traffic, anything seemed possible. 

In the absence of advertising we invited locals to propose 8 words which could fill the billboards with their own words and thoughts, with the aim of activating and capturing the voices of local people during this ‘unprecedented’ time.

With over 180 entries to the online competition from people of all ages, this socially distanced, outdoor exhibition presents 20 of our favourites as an artist designed installation outside Art Gene HQ. 

Entries ranged from the light-hearted and humorous to sincere calls for change in this time of crisis. In addition to featuring in the exhibition,13 prize winners will receive a framed print of their ‘8 Words’ created as a digital artwork. 

The exhibition is free to view from the street, open all hours. 

The exhibition is part of Art Gene’s ‘Extreme Views’ programme, in partnership with the Islands and Bays of Barrow and Furness Coastal Team, which brings communities and specialists into a conversation about this place through research, engagement and participatory outdoor events.

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